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Accepting Federal Nutrition Benefits

This guide has everything you need to know about accepting federal nutrition assistance benefits and credit/debit as forms of payment at farmers markets in Maryland.

Guide to Accepting Federal Nutrition Benefits at Farmers Markets In Maryland

This guide is designed to assist Maryland farmers markets with successfully accepting federal nutrition assistance benefits at market. The specific federal nutrition programs referenced in this guide include:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, known in Maryland as the Food Supplement Program or FSP, formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Fruit and Vegetable Check Program (FVC)
  • Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) for Seniors and WIC participants.

The information provided in this guide is intended to support farmers market managers, board members, vendors, and community advocates in order to increase access to healthy, fresh, local foods through Maryland farmers markets for all Marylanders, regardless of income. MDFMA aims to cultivate community at farmers markets, with the goal of creating a strong network and a vibrant local food system.

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